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"A young Parisian woman is exiled to Provence to take care of her husband's ailing grandfather during the Vichy regime, but discovers that despite the horrors of war, the paintings of Cezanne, Pisarro, Chagall, and Picasso bring to life the landscape around her and allow her once again to experience love"--

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Genre: Art
Author: Susan Vreeland
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Release: 2015
File: 448 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780812980196

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From Susan Vreeland, bestselling author of such acclaimed novels as Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Luncheon of the Boating Party, and Clara and Mr. Tiffany, comes a richly imagined story of a woman’s awakening in the south of Vichy France—to the power of art, to the beauty of provincial life, and to love in the midst of war. In 1937, young Lisette Roux and her husband, André, move from Paris to a village in Provence to care for André’s grandfather Pascal. Lisette regrets having to give up her dream of becoming a gallery apprentice and longs for the comforts and sophistication of Paris. But as she soon discovers, the hilltop town is rich with unexpected pleasures. Pascal once worked in the nearby ochre mines and later became a pigment salesman and frame maker; while selling his pigments in Paris, he befriended Pissarro and Cézanne, some of whose paintings he received in trade for his frames. Pascal begins to tutor Lisette in both art and life, allowing her to see his small collection of paintings and the Provençal landscape itself in a new light. Inspired by Pascal’s advice to “Do the important things first,” Lisette begins a list of vows to herself (#4. Learn what makes a painting great). When war breaks out, André goes off to the front, but not before hiding Pascal’s paintings to keep them from the Nazis’ reach. With German forces spreading across Europe, the sudden fall of Paris, and the rise of Vichy France, Lisette sets out to locate the paintings (#11. Find the paintings in my lifetime). Her search takes her through the stunning French countryside, where she befriends Marc and Bella Chagall, who are in hiding before their flight to America, and acquaints her with the land, her neighbors, and even herself in ways she never dreamed possible. Through joy and tragedy, occupation and liberation, small acts of kindness and great acts of courage, Lisette learns to forgive the past, to live robustly, and to love again. Praise for Lisette’s List “Vreeland’s love of painters and painting, her meticulous research and pitch-perfect descriptive talents . . . are abundantly evident in her new novel.”—The Washington Post “This historical novel’s . . . great strength is its lovingly detailed setting. . . . Readers will enjoy lingering in the sun-dappled, fruit-scented Provençal landscape that Vreeland brings to life.”—The Boston Globe

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Susan Vreeland
Publisher: Random House
Release: 2014-08-26
File: 448 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780812996852

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Exiled young Parisian Lisette Roux cares for her husband's ailing grandfather in Provence during the Vichy regime and rediscovers love through the master works of Cezanne, Pissarro, Chagall, and Picasso.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Susan Vreeland
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Release: 2014
File: 647 Pages
ISBN-13: 1410471292

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From the bestelling author of GIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE, "A vivid exploration of one of the most beloved Renoir paintings in the world, done with a flourish worthy of Renoir himself" (USA Today) With her richly textured novels, Susan Vreeland has offered pioneering portraits of artists' lives. As she did in Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Vreeland focuses on a single painting, Auguste Renoir's instantly recognizable masterpiece, which depicts a gathering of Renoir's real friends enjoying a summer Sunday on a café terrace along the Seine. Narrated by Renoir and seven of the models, the novel illuminates the gusto, hedonism, and art of the era. With a gorgeous palette of vibrant, captivating characters, Vreeland paints their lives, loves, losses, and triumphs so vividly that "the painting literally comes alive" (The Boston Globe).

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Susan Vreeland
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 2007-05-03
File: 448 Pages
ISBN-13: 1101202289

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Can a blind couple raise four children on a ranch? Author Susan Vreelend met such a family in 1983 and felt compelled to share their lives.What Love Sees is her first novel, published in 1988. Jean Treadway, a young, cultured New England woman whose every material need is supplied by wealthy, overprotective parents "meets" through arranged correspondence Forrest Holly, a dirt-poor Southern California rancher whose spiritual foundation turns despair into purpose.As different as they are in background, they share two things: their blindness and their determination to live an active, normal life and raise a family.While Jean was among the first women to use a Seeing Eye dog on urban streets in the late 1930s, Forrest used a seeing eye bull and his horses to guide him on the ranch in the 1940s.As they discover each other through letters that have to be read to them, his earnestness and folksy humor win her heart.Their four children, each with a distinct individuality, provide challenges, frustrations, and occasions for tenderness. Through tears and laughter, tragedy and triumph, they all learn Forrest's doctrine that "There's more than one way to skin a cat."

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Susan Vreeland
Publisher: Rosetta Books
Release: 2012-03-18
File: 573 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780795323515

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Nore Roberts didn't ask for a new life, but now that her mom is gone and her dad is newly married, she has to settle in at Shadow Grove, the old Civil War mansion her stepfamily calls home. When she meets her stepmother, Lisette, Nore is shocked by her youth and beauty that gives her chills- and a hint of something sinister. There's hope of becoming friends with her stepbrother and sister, until Nore realizes they're hiding something. When she begins to feel like the target of a deadly plan, Nore starts digging into her stepfamily's past. The skeletons in their closet are more real than she ever imagined. Can Nore expose her stepmother's dark secret before an old and evil magic swallows her up?

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Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Author: Lois Duncan
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release: 2011-10-03
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780316191326

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The "New York Times"-bestselling author of "The Girl in Hyacinth Blue" creates a dynamic portrait of Clara Driscoll: lead designer for Louis Comfort Tiffany (famous for Tiffany lamps) and a woman conflicted between her desires for artistic recognition and romantic love.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Susan Vreeland
Publisher: Random House Incorporated
Release: 2012
File: 423 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780812980189

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Provence, 1942 Luc Bonet, brought up by a wealthy Jewish family in the foothills of the French Alps, finds his life shattered by the brutality of Nazi soldiers. Leaving his abandoned lavender fields behind, Luc joins the French Resistance in a quest for revenge. Paris, 1943 Lisette Forestier is on a mission: to work her way into the heart of a senior German officer, and to infiltrate the very masterminds of the Gestapo. But can she balance the line between love and lies? The one thing Luc and Lisette hadn't counted on was meeting each other. Who, if anyone, can be trusted - and will their own emotions become the greatest betrayers of all?

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Fiona McIntosh
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Release: 2013-06-10
File: 512 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780749013493

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Susan Vreeland has written a collection of stories that explore art through the eyes of ordinary people. In Life Studies, she first takes us back to the nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century art world of France and Italy and then returns us to the present day with a group of contemporary stories.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Susan Vreeland
Publisher: Large Print Press
Release: 2005
File: 456 Pages
ISBN-13: 0786274409

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A novel set against the backdrops of Rome, Florence, and Genoa recreates the life of Artemisia Gentileschi, whose search for love, forgiveness, and wholeness through her art led to her fame as a painter.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Susan Vreeland
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 2003
File: 330 Pages
ISBN-13: 0142001821

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